White gives "The Gift"
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
– Tony Joe White released a song, The Gift
today in conjunction with his 70th birthday.
The song will be on his next CD, "Hoodoo," on Sept. 17 via Yep-Roc.
The song can be streamed via The Los Angeles Times.
"The gift is music and songs" White said. "But it was just too powerful for this boy in the song, so he sat up in an old slave graveyard with a bottle of wine and a guitar." As the protagonist hangs his head in lamentation, figures walk out of the past and appear before him, led by a mysterious woman. "These figures were Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, and guys from off the plantations, and she was protecting them, because they hadn't crossed over. They didn't know how to. But this strange white boy on a tombstone starts singing and playing and singing this tune and...you can hear how it ends in the song, but it gives me chillbumps when I think about it."
A European and U.S. tour will follow the release of the album.
Songs on the CD are:
1) The Gift
2) Holed Up
3) Who You Gonna Hoodoo Now?
4) 9 Foot Sack
5) Alligator, Mississippi
6) The Flood
7) Storm Comin'
8) Gypsy Epilogue
9) Sweet Tooth
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